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Jurassic World (2015)JW takes all the awe, wonder and exact formula that made the original… More JW takes all the awe, wonder and exact formula that made the original JP movie so successful and brings it back with new (and old) thrills. The whole gang of archetypes are back. The visionary (Masrani & Dearing) the rugged, down-to-earth cautionary tale (Grady), the evil military guy (Hoskins)... hell they even brought back a blundering tech dude! (Cruthers) All these characters embodying themes of man vs nature again, the woes of technology and the sheer hubris of humanity.. everything is dangerously familiar but thrown through a modernized blender. And isn't that really the only way to make a franchise like Jurassic Park work again? Some may say let sleeping dogs lie, but I'd rather live in a world with enjoyable Jurassic franchise films than let the disgusting aftertaste of JPIII sit in my mouth. That all being said, JW is not without it's own merits. It does introduce its own concepts that were never really touched upon in previous films like the relationship between man and animal (Hell, the Raptors might even be the most likable characters for some). It also builds on the fundamentals of the original like corporate politics and sponsorship, public opinion/demand and of course, genetic engineering. Sometimes the film is too obsessed in homage to itself for nostalgia points, like the DNA mascot (yea, I didn't miss that little guy), the ol' Jeep and ultimately bringing back the T-Rex as the original badaass but it still takes enough steps forward to give past audiences something to appreciate. Jurassic World might have been an unsolicited sequel or remake of a classic but it's a refreshing modernized look for younger generations and an enticing revamp that builds upon the foundations of the original. Also how can you really say no to a charming lead like Pratt and the undeniably attractive Dallas-Howard? Just sit back and have a easy good time with dinosaurs!
21 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes